For some 9/11 survivors, seeing Come From Away is a healing experience. Watch below as cast member Caesar Samayoa recalls his emotional post-show discussions with fans.
Posted by Broadway Sandwich on Wednesday, November 14, 2018
In the penultimate episode of the ALL ARTS digital series “Broadway Sandwich,” actor Caesar Samayoa discussed the emotional reactions fans had after seeing “Come From Away” for the first time. The Tony Award-winning production, which is based on true events that took place immediately following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, has had an “overwhelming” impact on both viewers and the cast since it first premiered at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, he said.
“It just makes me think about how much we’re reaching people with this show,” Samayoa, who plays both Kevin J. and Ali in the production, told host Garen Scribner. “Each piece of fan art, each gift that we give, it’s someone showing their love for this show and this story.”
“Come From Away” takes place in Gander, Newfoundland, where 38 commercial planes carrying some 7,000 people landed on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, in order to clear U.S. airspace of potentially dangerous flights. A part of “Operation Yellow Ribbon,” as the effort was called, Canadian leaders and residents sprang into action to help provide assistance to the displaced travelers. More than a decade later, it remains a shining example of international cooperation between allies.
Watch the full episode of “Broadway Sandwich” above to learn more about Samayoa and the production.